Spanning the breadth of photographic history, Idris Khan creates new works by re-photographing and digitally layering series of images. At one remove from typology, these new works propose new visual and conceptual terms to consider and distil historical, photographic practice. ‘Rising Series….. After Eadweard Muybridge ‘Human and Animal Locomotion’ pays homage to Muyrbridge’s early scientific experiments using the camera to sequentially record human and animal movement. According to the artist, his work offers ‘a playful emblem of our own departure from the corpse of photography, burdened with what the Futurist Anton Guilio Bragaglia once referred to as its “glacial reproduction of reality”.’ Indeed viewing these figures frozen in the act of movement is like looking through a sheet of ice; in these five ghostly prints Khan manages to evoke the Victorian fascination with the photograph’s ability to capture the soul, as well as the bodily image.
- Artwork Details: Image, 12.7 x 10.2cm
Paper, 51 x 47cm
- Edition: ed 6/6
- Material description: five platinum photographic prints
- Credit line: Â© the artist
- Medium: Photograph
- Accession number: ACC5/2006